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January 8, 2013

Technology News Briefs — Jan. 8, 2013

Netflix Adds Eight Shows to Lineup

Netflix is adding more to its lineup courtesy of Warner Bros.
The on-demand Internet streaming video service has added eight television shows to its selection after inking a new deal with Warner Bros.

‘The Following,’ the drama starring Kevin Bacon, which begins on Fox on Jan. 21, NBC’s hit ‘Revolution,’ A&E’s Western drama ‘Longmire’ and the new USA Network show ‘Political Animals’ will soon be available to the viewing public.

The contract also includes four shows no longer on the air: ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Fringe,’ ‘Chuck’ and the short-lived ABC supernatural drama ‘666 Park Avenue.’

The deal includes all seasons of each show.

Just last month, Netflix struck a deal with Walt Disney to run its live and animated films after their theatrical releases beginning in 2016.

Google Executives Take Part in North Korea Delegation
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is part of a “Google delegation” to North Korea, the country’s Central News Agency is reporting.

Google, however, is denying any knowledge or involvement in the trip which also includes former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and fellow Google executive Jared Cohen.

“This is a personal trip,” a Google spokeswoman told CNet, adding the search engine giant has no part in the so-called delegation.

Google had little to say about Schmidt’s actions other than that he is a guest of the former governor.

Schmidt and his fellow travelers, whom also included his daughter, arrived in Pyonyang Jan. 7.

The U.S. State Department has publicly expressed disapproval of the trip given North Korea’s test last month of a long range rocket and its continuing nuclear ambitions.

Richardson has said the trip is, in part, a delegation to ask for the release of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American tour guide who was detained by authorities last year.

Huawei Announces Smartphone With 6.1-inch Screen

Is bigger better? Huawei thinks so.

The Chinese telecommunications company unveiled a Smartphone with the largest screen in the world at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 7.

The Ascend Mate Smartphone, which operates on Android 4.1, features a 6.1-inch touchscreen HD display, a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor and a 4050 mAh battery. The device also boasts an eight-megapixel camera on the back and a one megapixel front-facing camera as well as dual MIC noise reduction technology, Dolby sound system and stereo recording.

“The Huawei Ascend Mate breaks barriers to deliver a supercharged entertainment, communication and creative experience for all your personal and professional needs,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group in a statement. “The Huawei Ascend Mate is an industry-leading Smartphone and showcases our innovation as we continue to make great technology available to more people globally.”